Annemette Lyhne-Kjærbye

Annemette Lyhne-Kjærbye is a PhD-student at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

She studies the microbial community in the roots and rhizosphere soil (i.e. the soil closely surrounding plant roots) of deep-rooted crops. Taking samples from the towers and processing them in the lab: extracting bacterial DNA, sequencing 16S rRNA genes and running qPCR.

Plants and their associated microorganisms interact so closely together that they can be considered as one functional organism, the plant holobiont. Today, little is known regarding the deep root associated microorganisms and studying their role in the plant holobiont can lead to a better understanding of plant health and growth.

Therefore, some of the questions Annemette would like to answer are:

a.       How are deep roots colonized by bacteria?

b.       Is there a seasonal or yearly variation in the microbial communities?

c.       Are different crops recruiting different bacteria?

Annemette started her study in November 2015 and is expected to finish in August 2019.

Publications:

Root litter chemistry and nitrogen availability interact on control of deep subsoil carbon turnover (submitted)